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2015 in review

I would like to start out by apologizing for the lack of posts as of late. Things had gotten pretty busy here with Christmas and family arrivals. Hard to type with little cousins running around the house throwing hard plastic and metal toys every second.

Here is how everything seems to have looked with WordPress for me starting out this year. Much room for progress. I look forward to posting more blogs, and connecting with you all.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 220 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Barcelona Travel List

If I was to choose two places right now to go visit it would be Barcelona and Yosemite National Park.

I admit that I ended up searching with Google for ideas of what would be fun to check out in both places. Here is a list with the light detail of everything that fascinates me into wanting to go even more.

Let’s begin with Barcelona.

There is the famous Parc Guell. It is one of the world’s most impressive man-made landscapes. The artistic style and Catalan culture is evident through he park’s numerous walking trails. While I’m here I’d go explore the Sala Hipostila which is an indoor marketplace that greets you with tiled lizards up the stairs. This is the destination where you’ll find the infamous mosaic snake-like bench that is said to be the longest in the world.

Do you love food? Who doesn’t? I know I sure do. If you don’t you have no need to worry. I’ll make up the difference for you. 😉

“A trip to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is a must.” This is a plaza with lots of local butchers, bakers, and farmers. Food, food, and more food. Mmm. “One TripAdvisor reviewer called the Boqueria ‘Aladdin’s cave of the highest quality produce of every type and variety.'”

Foodie Heaven

Remember that I’m using a list of top things to do in Barcelona. I’ll only be listing what sounds amazing for my visit, though.

I might want to visit Las Ramblas, a busy neighborhood in central Barcelona, to check out the 200-foot high column with Christopher Columbus looking down on the city from the top.

Have you ever heard of La Sagrada Familia or Church of the Sacred Family? It is still under construction to this very day. It began in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi. When I visit I will definitely have to check out the “Nativity Facade“. The extra costs for entrance into some of the interiors here will definitely be well worth the spending. It sounds like an absolutely amazing experience.

Another beautiful place I will visit is the well-recognized Casa Batllo. According to one traveler on TripAdvisor, the free audio guide is very helpful, and it will give you much more information about the place.

I am almost planning out my trip already. This sounds exciting. It would not be a short trip. Easily over a week. Maybe two or three even though three does sound a little stretched.

I will definitely have to visit the FC Barcelona‘s Camp Nou Stadium. Definitely! Futbol. Soccer. :))) Happiness.

“According to recent travelers, December is one of the best times to visit La Seu, as the courtyard comes to life with local craftsmen selling homemade Christmas decorations.” TAKE ALL MY MONEY! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Pablo! Picasso. Pablo! Picasso. Oh, wait. That isn’t the right name. Oh, well. Picasso is infamous as well. As are his works. There is the Picasso Museum that would be a splendid place to check out and take your time in. They even put a lot of his works into a timeline of sorts. This museum holds more than several thousand pieces by him. They even include artists he was inspired by.

It looks like I will definitely be doing a lot of photography on this trip when and if it goes down. My mother is an art teacher that is dear to my heart, and I want to show her some of what I see.

Now this one sounds interesting. Casa Mila, nicknamed La Pedrera, is a fortress-like building with no single straight wall or right-angled corner in its entirety. Casa Mila is now Barcelona’s cultural center, but it was originally constructed as a home.

Ooh! Here is a fun one. Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana), which is apparently not as flashy as some others of Gaudi’s works, but still has some beautiful works of its own. Some famous musicians being depicted include Bach and Beethoven. The interior of this UNESCO World Heritage Site features popular Catalan music. No fancy palace is complete without a massive stained glass central skylight either.

It looks like I’ll just save the Yosemite “travel plans” for the next post. 🙂 This ended up longer than I expected.

Now, who doesn’t want to see a castle? Montjuic Castle, Castell de Montjuic, would be a great start. The Pentagon of castles, “it helped defend the city from many an attack.” Take the tour. Imagine being one of the defenders during times of the era. How did they live? How did they fight? Did you survive?

It is also recommended to stay until after the sun sets to watch a “spectacular” light and waterworks show at the Magic Fountain.

What better way to finish things off than with a nice breath of sea air. The Mediterranean Sea to be more exact. At the southern end of the Passeig Maritime of the Barceloneta district is Port Olimpic. Port Olimpic is widely recognized by two skyscrapers against the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t worry. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for a bite to eat and drink while you enjoy the salty air.

I really would love to go now after looking at all of these places. It would be a blast.

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Barcelona Travels

 

Happy Thanks

I don’t have much time as guests are already flowing in so here’s a quick list of the things I am immediately thankful for this very moment.

  • I am thankful for God giving me another opportunity through another day of life.
  • I am thankful that my family still loves me.
  • I am thankful for having two faithful parents and a loving sister.
  • I am thankful for having two pairs of grandparents still.
  • I am thankful for how I am told that I am a positive influence on the other cousins even when I do not see myself in that light.
  • I am thankful for the soon to be available food on this holiday.
  • I am thankful for America.
  • I am thankful for the fall weather and leaves. It really helps with the mood setting.
  • I am thankful for securing a temporary job for the season before school starts.
  • I will be thankful for coffee later tonight when I’m working.
  • I am thankful that I get to go back to my hometown’s school again.
  • I am thankful for having clothes on my back.
  • I am thankful for good habits growing lately no matter how slowly.
  • I am thankful for God and family.
  • I am thankful for the chance to do good.
  • I am thankful for the chance to write and share this seemingly simple list of things that I am thankful for.
  • I am thankful to my readers for taking time out of their day to read what I post.

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

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Subcutaneous vs Visceral Fat

Not trying to look the part of Santa or Mrs. Claus for the season? A growing belly is typically resulting from the increase in more than one type of fat within the body.

Subcutaneous Fat

This is the kind of fat you can grab with your hand if desired. It is found directly under your skin. The subcutaneous abdominal fat is commonly referred to as the “stubborn” abdominal body fat. This is the sneaky barrier that loves to hide that beloved abdominal wall of many fours, sixes, and eight packs. It tends to be more difficult to burn even through diet and exercise. This has some to do with how the network of blood vessels is not as dense in this area. Sub-maximal measurement is with skin calipers to estimate your total body fat. Subcutaneous body fat is not necessarily a health risk. Two examples would be the booty and thighs. Body fat also acts as an insulator. Subcutaneous might not be as dangerous as visceral, but it is still an issue. Added weight from overeating and lack of physical activity can stress the joints and increase risk of diseases.

Visceral Fat

The fat that is TRULY harmful is visceral fat. Visceral fat is an intra-abdominal fat that fills the space surrounding your organs. It is sometimes referred to as “active” fat, because it plays a dangerous role in affecting the functionality of our hormones. The best way to test for visceral body fat is to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan). This fat cannot be liposuctioned for removal. According to Dr. Klein, Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science, “visceral fat disappears twice as fast as subcutaneous when slimmed down through exercise and diet.”

It's a family thing

It’s a family thing

Little Gender Differential Bit

Women tend to be more prone to gaining fat than men. This is especially true during menopause. Menopause does not CAUSE women to gain weight. During menopause, the body responds to the drop in estrogen with a shift of fat storage from the hips to the waist. It is more concerning fat distribution than initial fat gain.

Risk Factors

Just to list a few:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Metabolic Changes
  • Dyslipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Heart Diseases
  • Insulin Resistance
What are some simple ways of prevention?

Exercising daily and staying active is a strong leader and supporter in leading a healthier lifestyle. Another very important thing is proper nutrition. Giving your body what it needs in nutrition to run at its best is key to good health. Change the way you eat for the better. Muscle increase helps get rid of fat. So, go build your strength up. Even though this is true it doesn’t mean that when you start putting on muscle you are automatically going to be burning noticeably more calories throughout your days. The increase is true, but it is not as big as word of mouth has spread. It is still a fantastic helper in the long run game ESPECIALLY.  I still would recommend on it. Just thought y’all would appreciate the extra intel to get a slightly fuller picture of what has been figured out so far. As of yet 😉

It is always important to discuss your health with your medical doctor.

30 Day Before & After

Instagram: 30 Day Before & After @alexspeedy2

James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

A Story in a Single Image

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

Like the caption for the image shown below says, “Normal is boring.”

Why would you sit around wasting the time you have of your life by being exactly like everyone else? Time is our most valuable asset. I think Life should be considered an asset too since you only get one. Life is truly a gift from God. God led your parents to making you. You only get one biological set too. You are unique. You are rare. Be awesome. Be you. Be different.

Make a splash by being similar to an extrovert. Don’t hide who you really are. Be proud of yourself. Work hard. Strive for only your best. Relax once in a while, and then get right back into it. This is currently the age of introverts for business though. Extroverts are still powering strong, but introverts seemed to have a tougher time in the past. For superior success take advantage of how easy it is to remain true to yourself even if you aren’t as naturally “loud” as others. Social media along with other outlets have made it easier to reach people on a more personal level while being in separate areas over long distances even. Nothing is impossible. Try, try again.

Normal is boring. Make a splash in the world.

Normal is boring. Make a splash in the world.

Liking What I’ve Learned And Wishing For More

Writing 101 Day 2: Write a list

I like what I love. I like what I used to despise. I’ll like new things in the future.

I’ve learned what I’ve been taught. I’ve learned what I didn’t know. I’ve learned from mistakes.

I wish upon a star. I wish from afar. I wish for more. I wish for better. I wish for worse. I wish to learn.

Since short on time, and to keep this from becoming a long-worded read let’s get started.

Things I like

  1. Noticing my own physique gains
  2. Swimming
  3. Laying on cool sheets or a cool leather couch
  4. Completing a big project or task
  5. Playing with both my Canadian cousin and my littlest cousin (his little brother)
  6. Working out
  7. The color blue
  8. Cooking something delicious
  9. Laying on the ground in the outdoors

Things I’ve Learned

  1. Never give up
  2. Follow your passion no matter what others may believe
  3. God is always there for you
  4. Dogs have incredible memories
  5. Ego lifting is bad training
  6. Get your work done before you go out and play
  7. Priorities first
  8. I need to improve my walk. I have the talk down already.
  9. I’m not as “u-g-l-y” as I originally believed

Things I Wish

  1. I wish I was already successful
  2. I wish I could breathe underwater
  3. I wish I hadn’t screwed around in my first few years of college
  4. I wish I knew where I would be in five years
  5. I wish there were multiples of me so I could do everything I wanted. Everything.
  6. I wish I was going to live forever so I could learn everything that interests me.
  7. I wish they would call me about the job already.
  8. I wish I didn’t wait to workout until I was twenty two years old.
  9. I wish my sister and I had more between us than the family cat we had for 14 years.

Favorite Foods

  1. Spaghetti
  2. Breakfast Tacos

The joy that comes around the Christmas season is a HUGE like for me.

Christmas time is the best time!

Christmas time is the best time! Another one of my likes